Our under 16 girls travelled to Somerton Sports Ground on Saturday to face an unbeaten Yeovil side who beat us 5 – 0 at Darby Way at the beginning of the season. After a very successful season for Yeovil ladies last season, who gained promotion into the Women’s Super League first division, we were anticipating a David Vs Goliath encounter against the future stars of their club. Coaching duo Suze and Dawna had thought carefully about the tactics for the game and were determined to put up a good fight. Hollie Golding was deployed to ‘man mark’ Yeovil’s star player Megan Robinson who has over 20 goals to her name already this season. A thrilling first half saw BLAFC hitting Yeovil on the counter attack time and time again with forward players Kayleigh Riley, Ellen Broadway, Maisie Williams and Willow Dyke working tirelessly up and down the pitch. BLAFC went 1-0 up after a superb run down the right wing by Riley resulted in a excellent cross and finish from Ellen Broadway. Yeovil responded almost immediately when Robinson managed to slip away from the BLAFC defence and slot the ball home.
Half time 1 – 1 with the game there for the taking the girls were encouraged to move the ball forward quicker to release Riley and get her more chances in front of goal. BLAFC didn’t have to wait long for the opportunities to come with Riley’s speed allowing her 3 one on one situations in quick succession. 2 of which she converted confidently and one cleared desperately off the line by a Yeovil defender. 3 – 1 BLAFC and unbeaten Yeovil with no answers to Lydeards new style of play. Lydeard final goal came with 10 mins to go when another run from Riley down the wing saw an pin point cross dispatched expertly by Broadway once again.
4-1 up with 8 mins left on the clock Lydeard thought they had the game in the bag. After working relentlessly to keep striker Robinson quiet Lydeard took their foot off the gas and started to leave space for the Yeovil players. Two excellently finished goals by Robinson in the last 6 mins saw Yeovil increase their work rate and put pressure on a very tired Lydeard team.
The final whistle couldn’t of come quick enough as the ref blew for full time, spectators and coaches alike could breath again as the excitement of what we all had achieved set in.
A superb performance from every Lydeard player meant the team achieved the unbelievable. Player of the match went jointly to Riley for her outstanding work rate, two fantastic goals and team play setting up the other two goals and Hollie Golding who up against a South West Player showed her true class.
Supporters player went to Riley as well but with a special mention for Golding.
A very proud moment for Bishops Lydeard coaches Suze and Dawna who always believed the girls had the ability to match Yeovil’s elite.
We will meet Yeovil again in the Semi Final of the Somerset County Cup, an encounter that promises to be an exciting game of football.